Dissertations Completed: 1

by May 2, 2011Dissertation, Personal5 comments

“I don’t like anything here at all.” said Frodo, “step or stone, breath or bone. Earth, air and water all seem accursed. But so our path is laid.”

“Yes, that’s so,” said Sam. “And we shouldn’t be here at all, if we’d known more about it before we started.”

My wife and I both felt that way sometimes along the way, but this part of our academic tale is ended. Today I officially became a “Doctor.” Looking back after passing through Mount Doom, all the effort was worthwhile. We both would like to thank those of you who prayed.

God’s grace was truly evident in that room (see fig. 1). I have godly professors who were very gracious to me. They improved my work greatly. All remaining errors are, of course, the fault of my committee chairman.

Just kidding. They’re mine, they’re mine.


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  1. Eric Newton

    Yes, congratulations, Dr. Ward!

  2. Megan T.


  3. Dave Crooks

    Congrats, Mark!

  4. Austin Barker

    Big congratulations! What an accomplishment!